Thursday, 25 July 2013

Amy, Amy, Amy...

Two years ago Amy Winehouse sadly passed away, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy. Not only was the singer famous for her effortless performances, she was immediately recogniseable both on record and in every magazine and picture. So we're here to take a look back at some of the awesome fashion moments that made Amy so iconic. 

In her element in music, we have to start with her stage style. Quoted as saying she "still dresses as though it's the 50s" Amy channeled a pin-up rockabilly girl with her tiny body hugging dresses in bold, colourful prints.  

A more sophisticated Amy, dressed up to the nines in a modern leather take on the 50s silhouette at the Elle Style Awards and rocking a metallic shift on the right. Both very vintage inspired. 

Here sees Amy chilled out on the street in strappy sandals and a classic Fred Perry polo shirt with the classic flash of pink.  One of the shortest pairs of shorts I've ever seen but she made it her own. Classic dressed down Amy in skinnys and her faithful satin ballet flats. 

In every single photo you can't escape the ever present beehive and thick winged black eyeliner. (She was snapped using a Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner to get the look. Cheap ' n' cheerful! We like!) They defined her as one of the most iconic pop stars of her time. Ever copied and continuously imitated, but never Amy. 


She was approached by Fred Perry to create numerous collections and looking below at her last collection you can see she had a heavy involvement with the designing of each piece, all with that Winehouse pink stamp. You'll be hard pressed to find a lot of Amy's designs, but keep looking on eBay, I found the pink dress below here.

 To celebrate her life, between 3rd July and 15th September The Jewish Museum in London have an exhibition called Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait:

The Jewish Museum is staging an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, co-curated with her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. It is an intimate and moving exhibition about a much loved sister.
The family have given the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy’s personal belongings that celebrate her passion for music, fashion, sudoku, Snoopy, London and her family.
Amy was close to her family and had a strong sense of her Jewish roots and heritage. Among the various objects on display, the exhibition will show many unseen photographs of Amy’s family life - Friday night dinners, Alex’s Barmitzvah and vintage photographs of their beloved grandmother Cynthia.
Located in Amy's Camden Town, the Jewish Museum is the perfect place to find out about the woman behind the music and beyond the hype. 

Let us know if you can make the exhibition and what you thought of it. We hope you can!

Lots of love

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

It's a Boy!

Well done K-mid and Wills, you made a baby boy! We've done a blog post on vintage style toys for children before, as soon as we heard to exciting news, so please go and have a nosey at that here. But we are going all gooey for tiny dresses and mini shoes now! Let's have a look at what's out there when it comes to vintage fashion for little ones.

Charles smooching Anne - aw. 

The Apple Bobber are one of the very best traders in children's clothing in the UK. As well as frequenting our vintage fairs in the south, their website is beautifully easy to use and their stock is varied, in terrific condition and wonderfully affordable. These are my top 3 picks.

Rokit are firmly established as one of the big shots in the vintage world in the UK. But who knew they had a well stocked section for tots too? Catering for the slightly older child, I've chosen the best for boys aged up to four years. This little leather jacket is absolutely adorable, for the wannabe mini James Deans out there!

Their Nibs are highly praised by the likes of Kate Moss as being one of the swishest shops to gather your little ones wardrobe. They take inspiration from the 50s, 60s and 70s and the fashions of the UK with "distinctive vintage inspired silhouettes and bespoke prints". Admittedly, the girls do particularly well here with silk dresses and super cute rompers in french floral prints. Coo!

Dido and Bendigo are making sure that children across the country are, well, looking country cool in some irresistible tweed suits and pinafores. There's even a tweed baby grow. Snuggly. Make sure you have a look at the entire range for a "unique take on classic British style".


So we very much hope that little what's-his-name is doing well as is mother Kate. Big congratulations from all at LouLou's Vintage Fair to the Royals, we can't wait to see the pictures! xxxxx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Girl With Flowers in Her Hair

Festival season is upon us and if you were lucky enough to head to Glastonbury then I'm sure you had a ball! I'm currently looking forward to Tramlines, Secret Garden Party and V Festival (Beyonce baby!) and I'm freaking out about what to wear. But one thing I do know, I'll be rocking some serious head wear.

But the inspiration doesn't come from those cheap plastic things doing the rounds on the high street (though I'm guilty for owning a few myself). This year I'm thinking beautiful, romantic, magical floral pieces of art for the hair. I've had a lovely time researching these images and I hope you take great pleasure from them too.

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Oscar Wilde

Floral hair garland by

"Maybe there's someone waiting for me, with a smile and a flower in her hair."
Richard Hawley

You can learn how to make this particular summery crown here from Honestly, WTF. Get down to your local florist and talk to them about which blooms are going to work best! DIY project ahoy.

“She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims..." 

Arundhati Roy

"Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair"

Led Zeppelin


So of course, we have done some of the leg work for you and found you some of the fabulous floral creations out there that will put those Primark garlands to shame! (Yeah I have one too...)

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

LouLou's Vintage Fair

You may have noticed a little change over at The Vintage Fair, and of course we love to keep you guys in the loop as you're such a wonderful bunch!

After some sound marketing advice we made the big decision to re-brand. After years of being The Vintage Fair, we started to feel that maybe we needed a new lease of life! People suggested that we should receive more national recognition for the hard work we do as well as all of our lovely traders, hair salons, acts and tea parties.

Having just won Best Vintage Fair in the UK (if you hadn't already heard!) it's all go at LouLou HQ as we want to be even bigger and better! We are really excited about the future of LouLou's and all the new events and new cities we'll be visiting. So heads up to all of you vintage fans in Derby, Exeter, Preston, Cheltenham and Chester as we will be visiting you for the first time in the Autumn! That's 40 stalls of vintage clothing, accessories and homeware from the best UK traders, fabulous retro hair salons and the scrummiest cakes from the kitschest of bakers all in your city's top venues! Phew!

So you'll gradually see the changes happening over our websites, social media pages and artwork but you heard it hear first! We aren't going anywhere, but now you know that when you see LouLou's you'll be coming to the Best Vintage Fair in the UK. In fact, here are our current Autumn listings!

Love from LouLou and Gina

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


We talk to fashion blogger and vintage boutique owner Lereese Atkinson about her newest adventure, GIRL STOLE. We've been following Miss Atkinson for nearly two years now and have loved watching her blog evolve into a mini universe of London, tiny dogs and #wiwt posts. So I'm pretty excited to see this girl grow into her very, very big ideas.

What does vintage mean to you and your wardrobe?
Individuality and creativity.

Whose blogs do you browse for style inspiration?
Garry Pepper Girl, Cherry Blossom Girl, Miroslava Duma, Steffys Pros and Cons, Frassy.

I know you're a singer too, does your love of music influence your style? 
I like to sing classical music which I love,  but it doesn't inspire me fashion wise, I listen to a lot of rock and roll and 60s music which absolutely influences my style. 

Top three vintage shops: GO
Top three style icons: GO

Talk us through the GIRL STOLE journey Lereese. Firstly, for those who are GIRL STOLE virgins, what is it? And how have you got to where you are?
A pure love of vintage, buying, making, sewing, photography, reading, writing, modeling, selling vintage. I never get bored of finding things for my customers, I started out on eBay and then moved to ASOS and have now partnered up with my friend Lauren, otherwise known as The Girl Who Stole London to create GIRL STOLE which is a trend led site, allowing you to incorporate vintage with new and modern styles.

One of my favourite dresses is from your ASOS Boutique. Does GIRL STOLE mean this is the end of GIRL STOLE VINTAGE? 
Absolutely not, I've recently relaunched my own vintage boutique on ASOS Marketplace called "Peggy's Dresses"' A one stop shop for the perfect vintage dress'  Dresses only from any era in any shape and size. Peggy's dresses will be my own little vintage baby that can one day partner up with the big boss that is GIRLSTOLE.COM 

What's the big plan?  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Splitting my time between L.A and London. running both businesses, living in a beautiful house filled with vintage, TAKING OVER THE WORLD ONE DRESS AT A TIME.  


We hope that you'll click on all the linkage in this post to find out more about Lereese and her projects, girl gives good dress. 

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